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Published on May 1st, 2018
Samir Lakhani: A simple act that helps save thousands of children from death.

Samir Lakhani
Samir Lakhani
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Each year in the 3rd World, an estimated 801,000 children under the age of 5 die of diarrhea, with 88% of them dying specifically from unsafe drinking water or poor hygiene.

What is Samir’s solution?

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Samir and his non-profit group, Eco-Soap Bank are addressing the problem of poor hygiene by providing sanitized, recycled soap.

In Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, Eco-Soap Bank has nine centers that collect used soap from local hotels, soap that used to be dumped in landfills.

It employs 35-women to sanitize and remake the soap, and distribute it to villages, schools and health clinics where it is desperately needed.

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Families are using this soap to clean their hands before touching food or touching their mouths and before physical contact with others and lives by the thousands are being saved.

And Eco-Soap Bank does something else very special.

In the 3rd World, women are often uneducated and have trouble making money for their families.

The women who make soap for Eco-Soap Bank are paid a decent wage and offered educational opportunities as well.

The problems of the world sometimes seem overwhelming, but small dedicated groups such as Eco-Soap Bank help to solve those problems.

Editor's Note: To learn more, please visit the Eco-Soap Bank website here.

Eco-Soap Bank's soap-recycling process was designed in partnership with Diversey's 'Soap for hope' program, a provider of sustainable hygiene and cleaning products.

The 3rd world medical statistics are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/wash_statistics.html.

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